My essay that strays down the path of body commodification is now available online (originally in AWT print issue #3). Read HERE. Still relevant in our struggle against FOSTA/SESTA.
If you are reading this, it is because you either identify as a Sex Worker or are friends with one-- hopefully me!
Protect Sex Worker's safety and privacy. Learn the truth about anti-sex trafficking systems. Sex Workers want to stop sex trafficking and protect consensual sex workers in the same right.
Please take a moment to call your senator and state the following:
“Hi, my name is ___and I live in ___(city in district). I’m calling to urge Senator ____to vote NO on #SESTA, S. 1693 because it infringes on online free speech and community harm reduction practices.”
Use this link to find your senator’s contact info! https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
SESTA (S.1693) would close online platforms for the sex industry. Being able to work online (and thus, indoors) IS THE BEST HARM REDUCTION. This applies to everyone trading sex, wherever they are on the spectrum of choice, circumstance, and coercion. State AGs have already talked about wanting to take sites like Backpage down, and this gives them the tools to do that. This is a moment for all sex workers to stand in solidarity. If it's Backpage (one of the most visible platforms for sex work) today, it could be Pornhub (an even more visible platform for sex work) tomorrow.
This is the beginning of a long term struggle to shift the narrative. People who hate sex workers want to pretend criminalizing us will stop trafficking. It won't. In fact, it makes our community more vulnerable to trafficking. It makes it harder to identify and support trafficking victims. The best defense against trafficking is a safe, strong, connected community. We all know housing and anti-poverty work are what prevents trafficking in the first place, not closing down a website.
Remember when Craigslist, Rentboy, MyRedbook, etc., shut down? Have stories from that of people struggling to survive or how it impacted our working conditions? Share that. Let's include concrete examples of what this legislation will do to us, because we have the historical precedent.
Letters for/against SESTA and FOSTA
Letter was organized by Mary Mazzio and Legal Momentum, maybe others
>> FOR WITH CAUTION
Department of Justice
Small tech lobbying firms (organized by R Street)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Federal Public and Community Defenders
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
and many others
* text from #LetUsSurvive Content